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Producing ‘Scandal Exhaustion’

That's the Obama administration's apparent strategy.

by
Tom Blumer

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May 28, 2013 - 12:00 am
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In discussing the Obama administration’s most recent entries to its already exhaustive roster of scandals, we could start by trying to figure out which one is the most important.

The answer, unfortunately, is that each of the three most recent scandals Team Obama has inflicted on the nation is the most important in its own way.

There’s Benghazi, where an American ambassador and three other brave Americans were attacked by and died at the hands of al-Qaeda and AQ-inspired terrorists. During the attack, they were denied the military assistance which might have rescued them. Afterwards, the administration concocted an utterly fabricated story of the attack’s motivation, complete with the imprisonment to this day of a man who had nothing to do with the event, and hid what really happened to make it all fit a palatable pre-election template.

For those who believe that a government owes its citizens the truth regardless of the political season, and that failure to provide it during a contested election campaign means that its results are arguably illegitimate, Benghazi, despite the appearance of other scandals which seem to have been deliberately timed to distract the nation’s attention (more on that later), still deserves consideration as Number One in the Obama scandal hit parade.

Then there’s the Internal Revenue Service’s behavior during the past several years, starting with its deliberate singling out of applications for tax-exempt status by Tea Party, conservative, and religious groups for overbearing and harassing scrutiny, unconscionable invasions of privacy, and indefensible delays, while applications from leftist and shady groups sailed through without a hitch.

One outfit definitely in the shady category was the Barack H. Obama Foundation, headed by the president’s half-brother. Despite the fact that it had “operated illegally for years,” Lois Lerner, the director of the IRS’s Exempt Organizations office, approved the charity’s application in June 2011 — retroactive to December 2008. Last Monday, the Daily Caller’s Charles C. Johnson found that BHOF “does not appear ever to have been based” where it has claimed to be in several years of tax filings.

As I noted last week, the IRS’s requests seem “to have been designed to tie up as much of applicant organizations’ time and resources as possible to distract them from their core activities.” They were also often accompanied by copious doses of implied intimidation relating to applicants’ presumed political and religious views.

The agency demanded that one Tea Party group which reported having a book club send it a list of all books the club had read and a review of each. One of the applying group’s leaders defiantly “sent them the actual books and told them to read them themselves.”

Lerner admitted on May 10 that the IRS had in some instances asked for donors’ names. What she didn’t reveal is that, among other things, it also frequently asked for “a list of all issues that are important to the organization and … its position regarding such issues”; “whether the officer, director, etc., has run or will run for public office”; and “conversations and discussions members and participants had” during their groups’ activities.

Existing and nascent religion-oriented organizations were also on the IRS’s radar. Franklin Graham, president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the Graham family’s international humanitarian organization Samaritan’s Purse, has accused the IRS of “trying to intimidate us.” The IRS asked the Coalition for Life of Iowa to “please detail the content of the members of your organization’s prayers.” It denied Cherish Life Ministries the tax-exempt status it sought “because of its position on abortion,” and told the group it would only receive it if it promised to “present both sides of the abortion argument.” Last time I checked, Planned Parenthood does nothing to present the pro-life side.

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Scandals? What scandals? This was all seen to during the eight years of the Bush administration when the lefties and their media goons manufactured so many scandals out of thin air that every move made by any member of the administration became a scandal. It was deliberately done to immunize their next president from scandal while they tore The Constitution into little shreds and flushed it down the john. They didn't know or care who would become the next Democrat in the WH - they all had their beady little eyes on the same prize, the destruction of our nation. Bush was called an illegitimate president because of the Florida fraud perpetrated by Gore and his bevy of lawyers and now Obama actually IS an illegitimate president, not only because of the fraudulent votes, but because he used the power of the IRS to stifle the speech of those who would disagree with him. Call it what you will, we now live in a dictatorship.
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Does anyone think that Obama’s behavior here amounts to something like terrorism, in the sense of trying to condition people into accepting his administration’s flagrant disregard of the Constitution to suppress legitimate dissent?
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Counting scandals is like counting crows. They fly in and out of your view at their whim and you can never be sure if you are counting the same thing twice.

It's reflexive to do so, but trying to put the "total" to totalitarianism is an embrace of futility. There is no beginning, there is no end. ALL things ...seen and unseen...point in the same direction.

IF...a government is willing to jail its people in order to bear false witness to a story they concoct to advance their political gains...you need not count that action...you need to resist it with all your might.

IF...a government is willing to assault your religious beliefs, forcing you to succumb to their commandments rather than obey the ones handed down to you from a Higher Authority, you need not count that act, you need to resist it with all your might.

IF...a government is willing to commit aggressive invasions of your private thoughts, your private ownership of chattel and real property, of your worship of God, of your associations with non-criminals...you need not count that act, you need to resist it with all your might.

IF...a government is willing to let its ambassadors, soldiers and attache's die and be sodomized in order to maintain a political fiction that keeps a phony narrative in place, you need not count that miscreant behavior...you need to come to the aid of your countrymen.

IF...a government is willing to treat the media as a propaganda arm of their iron grip on the information stream...to the extent that they throw people off the plane if they disagree politically, they investigate and intimidate the one or two brave souls who dare to swim against the tide, they hold secret, invitation only meetings to brief a select few and give them their marching orders, they sic the IRS and FBI on those digging for truth in order to chill...then to deep freeze...reportage on the shredding of the Constitution...you need not count your blessings for living in a free country. Because that particular blessing...no longer exists.
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If there's any "scandal exhaustion" here it's the Republicans milking Benghazi, the IRS and the AP to the extreme for political gain. It's going to backfire in 2014 just like the Clinton scandals backfired in the 1998 midterm cycle - only this time, the political damage could be even worse.

And with the economy gradually improving, deficits shrinking, and Obamacare already SAVING money in states like California - expect conservative influence in America to wane drastically over the next few election cycles. Sorry folks - maybe by 2024 or 2032 the political cycle will have come around to where you'll get another shot!
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If you're right, then the first American republic has already seen its final regularly-scheduled political cycle.
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Bold action by the House of Representatives could wake people up again. I like Greg Gutfeld's suggestion to just stop passing any legislation until the current mess is cleaned up. Mark Levin today quoted a letter from Thomas Jefferson suggesting that the people should have a full year to read and consider new legislation before Congress votes on it. Conservatives in the House, just say no.
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If you think these 3 scandals are exhausting, wait until the rest of them come to the full light of day!
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CLASSIC Cloward-Piven "Orchestrated chaos".

"First proposed in 1966 and named after Columbia University sociologists Richard Andrew Cloward and Frances Fox Piven, the Cloward-Piven Strategy seeks to hasten the fall of capitalism by overloading the government bureaucracy with a flood of impossible demands, thus pushing society into crisis and economic collapse."

Read more at discoverthenetworks.org
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There are more than 3 scandals within this corrupt administration. We've already entered "scandal exhaustion," we've still got abuse of executive powes, Fast and Furious, the EPA, attacks on our inherent rights, failure to enforce our laws, and the scandals just keep coming like bad remakes and sequences of Hollywood movies. Myself, for one, would like to see Obama seriously vetted and exposed for the fraud this man is.
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Scandals? What scandals? This was all seen to during the eight years of the Bush administration when the lefties and their media goons manufactured so many scandals out of thin air that every move made by any member of the administration became a scandal. It was deliberately done to immunize their next president from scandal while they tore The Constitution into little shreds and flushed it down the john. They didn't know or care who would become the next Democrat in the WH - they all had their beady little eyes on the same prize, the destruction of our nation. Bush was called an illegitimate president because of the Florida fraud perpetrated by Gore and his bevy of lawyers and now Obama actually IS an illegitimate president, not only because of the fraudulent votes, but because he used the power of the IRS to stifle the speech of those who would disagree with him. Call it what you will, we now live in a dictatorship.
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In his own words. I had learned not to care. I blew a few smoke rings, remembering those years. Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it. Not smack though... Junkie, pothead that's where I had been headed the final fatal role of the would-be black man. Out of context you bet. But if a person didn't obey the law back then why would anyone be foolish enough to believe they are beyond reproach now?
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"The enemies of the Soviet state calculate that the heavy loss we have borne will lead to disorder and confusion in our ranks. But their expectations are in vain: bitter disillusionment awaits them. He who is not blind sees that our party, during its difficult days, is closing its ranks still more closely, that it is united and unshakable."
--Lavrentiy Beria

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"Worse is better."
--V.I. Lenin

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Get it? At a certain point, the party ceases disputing its culpability in the misery of the people, and simply lets the truth be known.

This revelation, the people see, would not happen if the party was any longer in any danger of losing power.

At that point, the people see that the circumstance of causation has become irrelevant, because only the party can relieve the misery.
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Why not? He won a second term with his incompetence and corruption exhaustion: BP oil spill's worse than Katrina response, Sandy Hooks' worse than Bush's FEMA, Obamacare induced uninsured, skyrocketing "disability" and welfare claims, persistent double digits unemployment, GM making cars in China, bankrupted Solyndra with more than half a billion of taxpayers' money, Fast and Furious gun walking killing Federal agents and hundreds of Mexicans...
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Comrade McCain is working inside of Syria to ensure the weapons Obama shipped from Benghazi gets into the "right hands", not those uncouth
Al Quaida people. His "friend" John Kerry is in Paris still trying to get those pesky Russians to go along with the new NWO war. Kerry in his usual simpleton fashion isn't having much luck, Putin is no simpleton.
But I neglect the "good news" that the Not-Bush Obama war lets the Commander in Chief sweep the multiple scandals back under the rug. A real 2-fer!
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